The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine launched the PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program to combat the ‘leaky pipeline’ of worldwide loss of women in STEM; specifically from the transition from postdoctoral and junior faculty to senior faculty positions.

While there are likely many interacting factors that prevent postdocs and junior women faculty from advancing their careers in science and applying for international research awards, the PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program has been created to help retain women in science, build self-confidence, and teach early career scientists to write successful international research awards. This new mentoring program will allow time and space for cohorts of mentees (postdocs and junior faculty) and mentors (senior faculty) to build personal and professional development in topics such as work-life balance, networking, research proposal writing, and publishing research papers. Following the mentoring program, the participating mentees (junior faculty and postdocs) will be eligible to apply for competitively reviewed awards that will provide funds for them to conduct a pilot research project.


Eligibility: Mentors and mentees must be permanent residents or citizens in their home country, from any of the following countries to be eligible:

Sub-Saharan Africa:
Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Arab States:
Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza

Agencies involved: U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

Due Date: Mentor packages are typically due in March.

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